• Photo of the steep natural entrance of Carlsbad Caverns

    Carlsbad Caverns

    National Park New Mexico

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  • Cave Lighting Project

    We are undergoing a year-long lighting project in the cavern. Please be aware of caution tape along pathways inside the cave and use due care.

  • Scenic Loop Road Closed

    The 9-mile scenic Loop Road (Desert Drive) is closed due to weather damage. The road will reopen as soon as repairs are done. This scenic road does not affect road access to the visitor center or the cave.

Mosses and Liverworts

The park’s diversity of tiny plants is displayed. Among them are the flat, turquoise-colored liverworts and the bright green mosses. This picture also shows lichens, algae, and spikemoss.
The park’s diversity of tiny plants is displayed. Among them are the flat, turquoise-colored liverworts and the bright green mosses. This picture also shows lichens, algae and spikemoss.
NPS Photo by Renée West
 
The park’s mosses and liverworts are part of the living soil crusts, as described under Lichens.

Did You Know?

The Hall of Giants in Carlsbad Cavern.

The 120 caves of Carlsbad Caverns National Park were carved out not by running water and streams like many limestone caves in the world, rather these caves were dissolved by very aggressive sulfuric acid.